tv White House Meeting on Shutdown CSPAN January 9, 2019 6:50pm-7:09pm EST
mitch mcconnell, mitch mcconnell, 2014, cnn. it is a failed policy and we ought to stop it. [indiscernible] >> is there any hope of any time oon? vice president pence: we'll make a few brief remarks and happy to answer a few questions. we ended a few questions. the president asked the democratic and republican leadership to capitol hill. we are facing a humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. this past week, the president and i and these leaders met on two separate occasions.
we directed staff to work over proposes at the president's direction we incorporated ideas and proposals and made an offer to resolve this impasse and address the crisis at our southern border. we heard once again that democratic leaders are unwilling to even negotiated to resolve this partial government shutdown or address the crisis at our southern border. they demanded once again that before any negotiations could begin, that we would have to agree to re-open the government. and the president called the question in the meeting. he asked speaker pelosi if he re-opened the government quickly, would she be willing to agree to funding for a wall or a barrier on the southern border. and when she said no, the
president said good-bye. i know there are millions of americans, hundreds of thousands of federal workers are disappointed that the democrats are unwilling to engage in negotiations. but the american people know that we face a serious humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border, and this president and this entire administration is going to continue to drive forward to bring about the kind of reforms to see the safety and security of the american people. what the president made clear today is he is going to stand firm to achieve his priorities to build a wall, a steal barrier on the southern border, add additional personnel, additional resources and additional reforms to stem the crisis that we face on our southern border and we are grateful for these
republican leaders here and others that are gathered with us for their support. reporter: i -- mr. mccarthy: senator schumer and we need to bring the cameras back. what he described the meeting is total different than what took place. the president calling all the leaders together to solve this problem. he started off talking about wanting to get this solved and spoke about this, i think we can do it in 10. i want to turn the floor over, the president said, to speaker pelosi and schumer. tell us what offer you have, because we all have in our hands from the weekend's work of the vice president and every office had staff there, about where we were, the different offers, the
he turned to speaker pelosi. she began to argue whether we had a crisis or whether the facts are true. turned to schumer who said, we have to open the government up. the president would go back and forth in the negotiation and very respectful way. schumer continued to raise his voice. the president then turned to the speaker and said, ok, nancy, if we open the government up in 30 days, could we have border security? she raised her hand and said no, not at all. the president said i guess you are not dealing with the problem. the president wants to solve this problem. he continues to bring us down and put offers on the table. no once have the democrats offered anything back. the entire time i have been in these meetings, they want to
just argue so people can present facts. they want to argue and debate about what comes across this southern border. people are hurting. i will work with anyone that wants to move america forward, wants to secure our border. this is the goal -- every democrat said in that room they are for border security. and it's only the democrats sitting in that room have i ever found. and the way they displayed is embarrassing and way to come out to this floor and talk about a meeting in a manner that did not take place in there is disturbing to me. i want to solve this problem. people are hurting. democrats need to get back in the room. let's solve this problem. it doesn't take 45 minutes.
we are here and want to work. indiscernible chatter] >> leader mccarthy described it appropriately. this could be solved in 45 minutes and i had hoped coming to this meeting. but we are going to sit down and democrats are going to negotiate and come up with a resolution and they obviously had not moved an inch. they accused the president not willing to negotiate. you have the vice president here in the last two weekends meeting with members and members' staff trying to move the ball down the field so we can get a solution. so the answer today to the president's question and that is how it was phrased and that is speaker pelosi, if i were to open up the government today, three days from now, would you
support any funding for border security, and she said no. and the president interpreted that as he rightly should have as clear evidence that the democrats have no interest in trying to solve this problem. they want the political issue. ] ndiscernible chatter >> the president was calm to put different options on the table. mr. scalise: last night he laid out some of the problems and challenges we are facing and how we can get a solution. he started to offer some more ideas. our teams worked over the weekend and we can talk about terms all day long but the other side has to put a counteroffer on the table. no is not a valid answer if you are serious. as the president started off laying out why the experts who are tasked with securing our
nation have said it will take $5.7 billion to build a wall. nancy pelosi said she would support a dollar. the american people who are watching this shutdown, families who are missing paychecks, it's not fair to them saying you are going to offer a dollar when you haven't given a serious counteroffer. the president has said he will change the definition of a wall. he will move off of the number. he offered an negotiation that would involve a lower number and no one single time have the democrats offered a counter other than to say a dollar. and nobody slammed their hand on the table. to mischaracterize some of the things that happened in that
meeting is not fair to this process. but at the same time, when the president looks at nancy pelosi and says, if i give you another 30 days, will you be willing to support some funding for a wall to secure the border and she says no. well not, maybe more than a dollar. that is not an acceptable answer to a serious crisis to our border where we are seeing people dying and the drugs pouring in and the families all across this nation that are being touched in a very negative way by the drugs and the opioids. and there is a quick way to solve this problem and not once ve the democrats offered a single counteroffer and the president has negotiated until good faith. it's not an acceptable answer. they need to come back to the table with a serious credible
alternative. [indiscernible chatter] >> i think the department of homeland security, i'm disappointed. this is a crisis and this is a humanitarian crisis and security crisis. walls everywhere we've put up a wall, illegal immigration has dropped 9 0% to 95%. you want to stop the human misery you need the wall. we have addressed ports of entry. the vice president worked all weekend personally with congressional staff. we came up with an offer that would secure the ports of entry by checking every single vehicle for drugs, but the criminals also come between ports of entry. it's not an or, it's an and. we need security at the ports of entry and we need security between the ports of entry. so i will to -- i will let you take questions, sir. but this is a crisis. it's up to the united states congress to do their job, to take the position that the
president and vice president are taking and fix this on behalf of all americans. >> you said at the beginning that the spth is standing firm on his demands for a border wall. how is that compromise in this context? and what are you going to say to 800,000 federal workers not getting their first paycheck this friday, t.s.a. workers, secret service agents, people whose job it is to protect people, what are you going to say to them this week as we go into 20 days of a shutdown? vice president pence: i would say that this president and this administration takes very seriously our solemn obligation to do what's nest to protect the american people and uphold our laws. the offer we put at the president's direction on the table. the offer in front of democrat leaders again today, in the situation room, represents a combination of approaches. certainly there's the president's wall. a steel barrier on the southern
board they are epresident has put his number oen the table. but we've also added additional resources for personnel, additional reforms, humanitarian assistance, changes in our asylum laws, some of which was informed by our earlier discussions with democrat leaders. we've been working in good faith over the last three weeks to resolve not just this partial government shutdown, but to address what is an undeniable crisis at our southern border. even "the washington post" called ate bona fide emergency. we have 60,000 people a month being apprehended at our borders, and 2/3 of them are now families and unaccompanied minors. that's not a situation that our border patrol system was ever designed to deal with. so we need reforms, we need changes, we need a wall, a physical barrier. but i think what has to be distressing to 00,000 federal
workers and the tens of millions of americans is the answer in all of this from the democrats is, we will not negotiate. >> how does it help that the president walked out of the room? how does that get us closer to a slaugs? vice president pence: i think the president made his position very clear today that there will b no teal without a wall. there will be no deal without the priorities the president has put on the table. but if you look at the proposal that the president directed us to offer this weekend after spending two days with senior staff, two meetings with leadership, it reflects democrat priorities as well. but frankly as we continue to hear about the idea that congress and i know there'll be votes tomorrow, that the house will take up bills to open portions of the government and the president literally called the question he said if i opened
up the government quickly, would you agree to border security and a wall? the speaker of the house said no. and at that point i think the president thought there was no longer any reason to be talking that the meeting but as we said afterwards and we had conversations with the leaders before they left, is, we hope they will come back to the table. i'd say to every american looking on who shares our frustration, call your congressman. call your senator. if you think the democrats should be negotiating in good faith to resolve this partial government shutdown and to address the humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border, then you ought to call your conditioningman, call your senator, tell them come back to the table and i will tell you the door here at the white house is wide open. we're ready to sit down with these leaders and with democratic leaders to resolve his issue.
>> my question is democrats say the president was slamming his hands on the table when he walked out. can you talk about, can you categorize what the president did in the meeting? and are we any closer to having a national emergency declared if the meeting like this is so contentious? vice president pence: the president walked into the room, passed out candy. it's true. i don't recall him ever raising his voice or slamming his hands. but this is a president who feels very strongly about his commitment to see to the security of the american people. he brought the whole issue of illegal immigration to the center of a national debate when he sought this office and we actually saw a decline in illegal immigration at our southern border in our first year in office. but the reality is because of the lack of reforms, because of the lack of a wall, because of the loopholes in our laws today,
we are now seeing a precipitous rise in families and unaccompanied children being driven by human traffickers and cartels, individuals who are exploiting vulnerability families, encouraging them to make the long and dangerous journey up the peninsula. you could hear the president say, this is a crisis of heart and soul. he feels this passionately. and he left the room today because speaker nancy pelosi said that even if he gave her what she wanted, she would never agree to the border security priorities that we have on the table. and that was unacceptable. right here. >> is the president new closer to declaring national emergency? will he do it? vice president pence: the president made it clear he's looking at that he believe he is has the authority to do it. but the president's belief, and i know it's the belief of republican leaders as well, is that congress should just do
their job. look, politics is the art of the possible. i served in the congress for 12 years. i remember times when there were strong feelings and emotions but eventually leaders came together, sat down with presidents, aven times in opposite political parties, they heard each other's priority they negotiated agreement, and they moved forward. that's what the american people expect us to do today. but when the speaker of the house comes to the table with the leader of the democrats and the senate -- in the senate, after we've made days of good faith negotiations with an offer on the table, and their only avepbs is they will not negotiate until we reopen the government and when the president says well if i gave you exactly what you're asking for, would you agree to border security and a wall, and they say no, i think the american people deserve better.
i think these leaders know the american people deserve wetter. i can promise the american people, this president, republicans in the house and senate, are going to continue to stand firm until we get the resources and the reforms necessary to end the humanitarian crisis on our southern border, to end the security crisis on our southern border. then and only then will we end this partial government hutdown. [indiscernible chatter] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> this morning on capitol hill, house majority leader steny hoyer urged president trump to support legislation that will reopen the government. he was joined by several other house democrats